Started in 2003 by Objectifs, Shooting Home is an annual program designed with the belief that ‘home’ is the first step for aspiring photographers to explore their professional careers. Shooting Home brings together a community of mentors, including VII’s Sim Chi Yin, to create a supportive environment for emerging photographers to develop as professionals.
With “shooting home” as a central theme, participants are encouraged to draw inspiration and stories from their existing environment and find their own voice as a photographer.
To qualify, participants should possess a promising portfolio and have the desire to pursue photography as a career or use photography as part of their arts practice.
Eight to ten photographers are selected each year and they are paired with established professionals, who will serve as faculty during the workshop and as mentors for one year after the workshop. During the workshop period, participants are involved in rigorous field work, daily critiques, lectures and constant interaction with mentors and peers to share ideas. Mentorship also provides emerging photographers with invaluable networking opportunities. Ultimately, Shooting Home aims to foster an environment for the exchange of ideas between like-minded amateurs and professional artists.
Participating in Shooting Home, you also become part of a network and community that is now 14 years old! More than half of the Shooting Home alumni have turned professional, while many continue contributing actively to the local arts scene through exhibitions, talks, education and outreach/volunteer programmes.